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Newsletter | 08/26/2019

GESALO marks 40 years of strong German-Saudi Economic Relations

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, GESALO welcomed a high-ranking business delegation from Germany headed by Dr. Volker Treier, Deputy CEO of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

After a reception at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Jeddah on Monday, and a visit to the new King Abdulaziz International Airport, the 23-head delegation met with senior board members of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday. In order to expand further economic relations in the region, Dr. Treier announced the opening of a German Desk in the metropolis on the Red Sea.

In addition, GESALO celebrated the reception of its new license on Wednesday, handed over by Sultan B. Mofti, Deputy Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

At the same time, the MENA representatives of the German Chambers of Industry & Commerce of Berlin, Braunschweig, Frankfurt, Kassel, Freiburg, Karlsruhe and München and the CEO’s of the German Chambers Abroad of the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Algeria met in Riyadh to exchange views on current economic developments in the region as part of a one-day workshop.

The final highlight of the three-days anniversary celebrations was the Gala Dinner held at the German Embassy.

Welcomed by the hosts Oliver Oehms and Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz, Chargè de Affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 300 high-class representatives of the German-Saudi business community commemorated the past decades of bilateral economic ties in a festive atmosphere.
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New version of "Business & Legal Guide Saudi-Arabien" released

Our comprehensive market entry guide, newly created in cooperation with the German commercial lawyers Jochen Hundt (Hundt Legal), Christoph Keimer (Schlüter Graf Rechtsanwälte) and tax adviser Franz-Josef Epping (EY) provides practical and detailed economic, legal and cultural information on the successful market entry into Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi & Bahraini startups qualify for Start.up! Germany Tour

For the first time, startups from Saudi Arabia & Bahrain will participate in the Start.up! Germany Tour (October 7 til 12). They qualified at the Start.up! Germany Pitch Night in Bahrain in early September.

The Smart Cities track won – together with Bahraini startup Nakheel - KAUST-based FalconViz, which focuses on 3D surveying and mapping by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with an autonomous integration of planes, copters, and 3D software solutions. In the category of Logistics the delivery provider Sprent was awarded together with the food delivery service Hommycook.
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German Embassy wins 40 Years GESALO Football Cup

Family atmosphere, high-class games and a deserved winner: On the occasion of the Anniversary of GESALO, the German Embassy won the "40 Years GESALO Football Cup".

1. German Embassy, 2. Airbus, 3. ILF-Tecon & Partners Engineering PSC,4. Draeger, 5. GESALO & friends, 6. GESALO, 7. 2030 Stadium, 8. Goethe-Institut.
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Presentation & Press Conference of BAU 2019

The world-famous German trade fair BAU has recorded a strong increase in Saudi guests in recent years. 1,188 Saudi guests visited the past three editions of the exhibition. The increased numbers can be explained by the growing importance of the construction sector based on projects in the view of Saudi Vision 2030. On September 6, the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) hosted in cooperation with Messe München a presentation and press conference introducing the leading trade fair for architecture, materials, and systems.
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3D Evolution presented by Goethe Institut Riad

The Goethe Institut Riad is organizing a lecture and presentation series about the "Hidden Champions" of the German economy. On October 2, the German Insitute for Language & Culture will guide their guests through the history of printing and give an insight about the latest trends in the field of 3D printing made in Germany. The event starts at 6pm (Ash Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al Uthaymin, Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, Riyadh 12324).

Interested participants can register at info@riad.goethe.org or +966114821445.

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Upcoming Events

October 1-3 , 2018 | Riyadh
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October 31, 2018 | Riyadh
Linkicon  Simon-Kucher & Partners Workshop
November 4-7 , 2018 | Riyadh/Manama 
Linkicon  German Business Delegation Accessories/Fashion
December 3, 2018 | Riyadh
Linkicon  Bahrain Business Network Reception

Trade fairs


November 12 to 16, Düsseldorf

MEDICA is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. For more than 40 years it has been firmly established on every expert’s calendar. There are many reasons why MEDICA is so unique. Firstly, the event is the largest medical trade fair in the world – it attracted more than 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries in 17 halls.

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October 16 to 18, Nuremberg

Chillventa is now one of the most important events in the world for refrigeration, ac & ventilation and heat pumps. 981 exhibitors and more than 30.000 visitors in 2016 speak a clear language. The very large international share of 67 % for exhibitors and 56 % for visitors also emphasizes Chillventa’s importance as global-leading exhibition.

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